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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Petition protest over plan for more homes on estate

Work to extend a Workington housing estate is likely to start later this year.

Persimmon Homes hope its proposals to build an extra 15 homes on its Forgehill Park development, off Mossbay Road, will go before Allerdale council next month.

If the development panel gives it the go-ahead, the firm said it would start building as soon as possible.

It was given consent to build 92 homes in 2011, and has so far erected 43.

The extra homes would be built at the northern end of the site, increasing the overall number to 107.

People already living on the development have objected to the extension and sent a 34-name petition against the company’s plans.

Michael Bell, 41, of Railbank Drive, set up the petition after seeing a notice of an amended application by Persimmon stuck to a lamppost at the entrance to the park.

Scott and Jade Robertson said in their letter to the council: “We have concerns about the amount of traffic on the estate if the proposed apartments are built.”

The developer has adapted part of its original plan and changed some features of the homes still to be built.

This includes 18 two-bedroom flats, 10 three-bedroom houses, four two-bedroom houses and two houses with four or more bedrooms.

Ten letters of objection have been sent to the council.

Butterfly Conservation Cumbria raised concern about Small Blue butterflies, which live on the site.

Mark Cook, managing director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “The application covers one part of the site and comprises a range of property types and sizes from two-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses, to deliver the wider variety required by the local market.

“Currently we have only three and four-bedroom properties available.

“We anticipate this application will be presented to the council’s planning committee in May and look forward to commencing with construction as soon as consent is secured.”

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